Thursday, October 4, 2007

Sawchuk Brown Associates Heralds a New Hire


ALBANY, N.Y. – An expert in business management for improved performance, Kathlene Thiel has joined Sawchuk Brown Associates as chief operating officer.

“Kathy’s impressive leadership ability, strategic planning skills and financial management expertise are the exact skills we need in this stage of development,” said Pamela Sawchuk Brown, president and CEO of Sawchuk Brown Associates. “Throughout her career, she has leveraged the capabilities and people within organizations to improve processes, products, expertise and efficiency.”

Thiel has worked successfully in sales, marketing, program and creative development, personnel management and administration in corporate positions at AT&T, Johnson & Johnson and Procter & Gamble. As an enterprising entrepreneur, she also has founded and/or owned several area businesses including Thiel Consulting, the Knowledge Network Inc. and Driver Training Network.

Thiel earned a B.A. in economics from Union College and a M.B.A. from Union Graduate College. As a graduate student, Thiel was appointed to Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society, the highest recognition in business studies.

A committed community volunteer, she has served on numerous boards and committees, including the Mohawk & Hudson Humane Society, the Regional Food Bank of NENY, the Salvation Army, Union College and the Shaker Junior High School PTA.

Founded in 1979, Sawchuk Brown Associates is one of Upstate New York's leading independent communications firms specializing in public relations, public affairs and strategic marketing. The firm, which represents more than 65 clients, has received honors from Public Relations Society of America, IABC, American Marketing Association and others. It is the Upstate New York affiliate of global leader GolinHarris International.